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Free Rein: Racing in Berkshire and Beyond 1700-1905 by Penelope Stokes
Free Rein: Racing in Berkshire and Beyond 1700 - 1905


 
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In the 18th century almost every town had its own racecourse, attended annually by the local nobility, farmers and scallywags alike. Country racing was a rumbustious affair, with wobbly grandstands, cock-fighting sideshows, spectators wandering onto the course and skullduggery in the stables. By 1880 most of these country courses were no more, unable to meet the stringent standards of the all-powerful Jockey Club. Free Rein celebrates the robust history of racing before Rules. Ths story concludes with the creation of Newbury Racecourse.

Penelope Stokes has lived in Berkshire for over 25 years and has been writing local history for most of that time.

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